After seemingly forcing TikTok owner to divest its business in the US, the Trump administration is prepared to address “a broad array of national security risks” presented by Chinese internet and software companies.
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2020 has seen renewed interest in VR, and it’s not just because of the pandemic. There have been tentpole releases like Half-Life: Alyx, and the Oculus Quest continues to grow in popularity with a rumored new version on the horizon. July in particular had a lot of new games and releases.
We can’t cover every new VR game as they comes out, but I thought it might be helpful to take a step back every now and then to give an update on what’s been going on. And please, do let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to cover or focus on!
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Amazon grew revenues by 40% and doubled net profit during the second quarter, while large parts of the world were in lockdown.
Berlin-based automation startup CANDIS has raised $14 million in Series B funding entirely over Zoom.
CANDIS works to automate payroll functions for SME businesses in Germany and will use the funding to expand into new European markets.
"It was a stressful period because we needed to close the investment to extend our runway and continue our expansion," Christian Ritosek, managing director and cofounder of CANDIS, told Business Insider in an interview.
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Berlin-based automation startup CANDIS has raised $14 million in Series B funding entirely over Zoom.
CANDIS, founded in 2015, works to automate payroll functions for SME businesses in Germany and will use the funding to expand into new European markets, particularly Benelux.
The funding round was led by Viola Ventures and Rabo Frontier Ventures, the investment arm of Rabobank. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Point Nine Capital, Speedinvest, the main incubator of Commerzbank and 42CAP also participated.
"It was a stressful period because we needed to close the investment to extend our runway and continue our expansion," Christian Ritosek, managing director and cofounder of CANDIS, told Business Insider in an interview. "It was crazy time doing the fundraise and communicating with the team remotely but we kept up our motivation to close this round."
CANDIS started fundraising talks in January before beginning to pitch in March when the pandemic hit. A number of investors, particularly in the US, halted investment plans due to a pandemic-induced delay. The round closed in July.
"We had great support from Lightspeed, they were prepared for a form of economic crash and made sure their portfolio companies were resilient," Ritosek added. "We had to build a lot of trust with investors over Zoom but our relationships from other funds helped us."
CANDIS automates manual bookkeeping, accounting processes and B2B payments for mid-market companies with machine learning, focussing on businesses with more than 50 staff. The company wasn't overtly hit by the pandemic, according to Ritosek, because it doesn't focus on sectors like hospitality and construction which were originally decimated by the pandemic.
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Reporters are starting to piece together the behind-the-scenes events of the unprecedented Twitter attack on Wednesday almost as fast as the official investigators themselves. And the clearest idea of what may have happened two days ago — when roughly 130 accounts were compromised using internal company tools — comes courtesy of The New York Times this afternoon.
Reporters Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger tell the stories of four individuals involved in the hack and how exactly it spiraled out of control and resulted in the takeovers of some of the platforms most high-profile and sensitive accounts.
The Times’ report says the central hacker got access to Twitter systems via Slack messages
The Times report says the attack can be traced...
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Microsoft is adding a background blur feature to its Skype for iOS app. The feature is identical to what exists in the company’s Teams app, allowing iPhone and iPad users to blur what’s in the background of a video call. Microsoft also added this automatic background blurring to Skype’s desktop app last year.
Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to blur everything in a room around you and keep you as the main focal point. The blur effect, which is effectively bokeh, will detect hair, arms, and hands to avoid blurring out key body language during video calls. It won’t fully obscure everything around you, but it certainly improves video calls where you want to keep the focus on you and not a messy room.
Google is also reportedly...
A timer started the moment he logged in at his desk. He’d scan a post of a product flagged by someone as counterfeit, search for facts, and decide if the item should be pulled from Amazon’s marketplace. He said he gave the entire investigation about three minutes—and then the timer reset. “You can smell it on the floor when you get there—the tension and the stress of everyone on this metric system and on this clock,” said the former Amazon investigator on the company’s marketplace abuse team. He left in 2018 and asked to not be named, fearing speaking publicly… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon
SiriusXM has announced yet another audio-related acquisition, this one involving popular podcasting app Stitcher. As with PocketCasts, Google Podcasts, and many other apps, Stitcher is a popular platform for finding and downloading podcasts…something SiriusXM has heavily set its focus on. The news of its Stitcher acquisition comes only days after the company revealed that it has acquired podcast analytics company … Continue reading
Serendipity has helped produce a striking image of the newly-discovered NEOWISE comet, after the fast-moving rock was caught on camera by the Parker Solar Probe. Only discovered in late March, the comet – officially named C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, though referred to by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer which first spotted it – proved a fascinating subject as it … Continue reading
Like iPhones and iPads, Apple Silicon Macs will use an Apple-designed GPU – something that makes complete sense when you consider this is how current iOS devices work. But it could be a reason for pause by some high-end users during the transition period from Intel-based hardware.Tile Based Deferred Rendering
You see, while Intel Macs contain GPU’s from Intel, Nvidia and AMD, Apple Silicon Macs will use what the company seems fond of calling “Apple family” GPUs. These use a rendering system called Tile Based Deferred Rendering (TBDR), which iOS devices already use.To read this article in full, please click here
Google has trickled out details about Stadia, the cloud-gaming platform it formally announced in March, over the course of this year, but we got its launch date of Nov. 19 at the company's annual Made by Google event.Twelve games will make the lineup for launch day, including major titles such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Mortal Kombat 11 and Red Dead Redemption 2, which has had a slew of issues since its Nov. 5 release.Google provides the platform and tools for developers to optimize games for streaming, and the subscription aspect of it is for extra features, such as 4K and freebies.Both the Android app and the iOS app have landed at their respective app stores as of Nov. 13.But the service will only work on selected Google Pixel Android phones at launch, and you won't be able to do anything on iOS except "manage Stadia on other devices."Google released the official Stadia launch lineup on Monday.
På ett event i dag kom Xiaomi officiellt till Sverige, äntligen.De har varit här via gråimport och andra sätt men inte på riktigt.Men nu är de alltså här på riktigt och de passade på att släppa en hög med produkter på den svenska marknaden.Först och viktigast är Mi Note 10, en imponerande telefon med fem kameror.Vi återkommer till denna i morgon, men ni kan få en försmak på vad kamerorna presterar i den här artikeln, alla är tagna med den telefonen.Vi har skrivit om den tidigare så det viktigaste (förutom vad jag tycker om den då) är priset.
Uber PRs missing the days of Travis KalanickOpinion Two years ago, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was brought in to help the company recover from a long series of ethical and moral lapses.But based on an interview this week, it seems the company’s culture may be rubbing off on him more than he is impacting it.Pressed on the issue of the Saudi Arabian government’s investment in the company and specifically Uber board member Yasir al-Rumayyan, who represents Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Khosrowshahi was notably uncomfortable.But that discomfort soon turned into something far worse.The journalist in question, Dan Primack of Axios, pushed on the fact that the Saudi government had murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its embassy in Istanbul - an act that has been called a “deliberate, premeditated execution” by the UN - and asked if it appropriate that a representative from that government be on the board of an American company.
Ubisoft has been hinting at another Splinter Cell game for a few years now without ever confirming there's one actually coming.Now, we still don’t have any confirmation but, courtesy of Ubisoft Spain, we do have another teasing social media post.Ubisoft Spain posted an image of Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher in his iconic night vision goggles on Twitter this week with a short caption in Spanish alongside it.When translated, the caption reads: “You need to understand the darkness to face it”.In true Splinter Cell fashion, it doesn’t give much away.But in true internet fashion, there are hopes it’s leading up to a bigger announcement.
Photoshop helped make graphic design more accessible.Launched on Nov. 4 after more than a year in beta, Aero is the first platform that allows designers to create AR without any code, Adobe says.Adobe Aero, an iOS-only app, takes on AR in conjunction with Adobe’s other programs.Designers can start an AR project in Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, then bring those files into Adobe Aero to integrate those initial designs into an immersive space.That allows designers familiar with Photoshop — but not necessarily code — to bring their creativity into an augmented reality space.Using the tablet’s camera, designers tap to place their artwork into an AR space.
When it comes to automation, as well as the Swedish industry, in order to avoid repetition, speed, and flexibility. - - Plug & Work " solutions from the SCHUNK fulfills both these criteria and also offers versatility through a wide range of special gripping system for handling and assembly.SCHUNK has been with her for over 30 years in the market, has become the kompetensledande in the grippers and delivered to the robust, sustainable and innovation, which ensures maximum reliability of the automated systems and machines around the world.SCHUNKs "Plug & Work" solutions are available in a variety of different types of grippers and tool changers, which all can be quickly installed and integrated.the System is modular, which means that you are able to configure the solutions according to the requirements that have been set.At the present time are offered 36 types of flexible combinations of a number of off the shelf products.
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Sanrio, AVM, Lab and MomentSQ are teaming up to take Aggretsuko, based on the hit Aggretsuko Retsuko on Netflix, to mobile gaming.The launch will be the first official interactive story game based on Aggretsuko, and it will release on iOS and Android devices first followed by Amazon, Switch, and Steam in the future.The format of Aggretsuko is presented like an instant messaging app, and so it’s easy to chat and play on the go.From building friendships with Gori, Washimi and many others, to experiencing the death metal life and times of Retsuko, fans will slowly unravel her secret world with each episode.As players join in on their witty gossip, the ultimate goal is to evolve your character in order to play a key role in the gang.It won’t be easy to make all the best choices, and so you may need to brace yourself for that deathly rant and rage best reserved for karaoke nights.
Reefknot Investments, a Singapore-based joint venture between Temasek and Swiss logistics firm Kuehne and Nagel, has injected funds into UK-based AI company Prowler.io.The move marks Reefknot’s maiden investment since launching its US$50 million fund last month.Established in 2016, Prowler leverages AI to help users use real-time data for business decisions.Its proprietary platform, Vuku, can be used to manage logistics decisions, allocate resources, and make financial decisions in asset management.The company claims it uses a unique approach to problem-solving, combining mathematics, engineering, and economic theory.According to a statement, Prowler reached a valuation of US$100 million following a series B funding round in May.
Despite 27 different types of trees and an infinite horizon of rolling mountains, dotting the 5th most forested state in the U.S., West Virginia was falling short.Instead of the Mountain State, travelers headed north for the fall foliage of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont—despite the fact that West Virginia was closer to fall fanatics from Mid-Atlantic cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.“For years we’ve been underfunded … We haven’t been able to keep up with the advertising in our surrounding states and I think West Virginia is a bit of an unknown,” said Chelsea Ruby, West Virginia’s tourism commissioner.“We are a hidden gem that’s close to everyone on the East coast … it’s just getting them here first.”BVK, a Milwaukee creative agency, came up with a solution: Don’t tell travelers where they’re going.“When you say those two words (West Virginia), some things come to mind that isn’t exactly positive.
The social media giant is rolling out Facebook News to select audiences in the US starting today, carving a dedicated home screen tab out of its digital real estate for users to explore their news interests directly within the Facebook app.“Facebook News was built to bring people closer to the stories that affect their lives,” the company said.“We’ll continue to learn, listen and improve News as it rolls out more broadly.”The company’s plans for a news service became concrete in CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the US Congress, during which he labeled News as “a big initiative around news and journalism where we’re partnering with a lot of folks to build a new product that’s supporting high-quality journalism.”This is materializing as a partnership with a number of big publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Business Insider, and BuzzFeed.It’s also paying a handful of them big money — $3 million a year for three-year deals, according to Vox — for making their journalism available to Facebook.